Trend Alert: Eye-Catching Collars

5th October

This year I was so excited to actually BE at New York Fashion Week to see and take photos of that most adventurous, on-point, and crazy street style IN PERSON. I didn’t have to employ my usual furtive maneuver of holding my camera waist-high while discreetly looking down at a tilted viewfinder to capture candid shots of great outfits. I could simply point at someone and even shoot using my flash – no one batted an eye!

Kitty collar at NYFW

Miss Patina Love Cat shirt

As you saw in my street photos from the Jeremy Scott show, the looks were amazing, but…well, maybe not anything you and I are likely to adopt any time soon. I noticed a few trends, however, which can breathe a little fresh air into our wardrobes. Here’s one that’s actually super easy – you probably even have something in your closet right now to pull off this one: stand-out collars.

I saw a lot of collars in contrasting colors…

Collars during NYFW

Two-toned Chanel slingbacks are a perfect match for this top with contrasting collar.

…and a few of very interesting shapes.

Elaborate collar at NYFW

The Peter Pan collar is nothing new, but it definitely made its appearance on the streets at a noticeable frequency. White collar during NYFWWhite-collared dress

And since I’ve been a fan of pussy bow tops for a while now, I’m obviously loving this combination of pussy bow / Peter Pan collar. Some might think that it’s a bit girly-girly…which is exactly what I like about it. 😉

Another white-collared dress

I do have to admit, however, that a little pointier collar has the advantage of looking more sophisticated. I wouldn’t have thought of wearing a choker with such a high neckline, but this definitely works and adds a nice extra bit of contrast.

White collar and sleeve trim

Now here’s where we can start taking notes. In order to have fun with this trend, we don’t necessarily have to go out and buy a top with a contrasting collar. We can simply layer a sweater over a thinner collared top of a contrasting color! Green happens to be the perfect compliment to this muse’s coloring.

Green collar, white top

That is how I’ve used my inspiration – for starters. For work today, I wore a white button-down blouse underneath a black sweater, although the neckline wasn’t quite as high as we see pictured above. I love the contrast of black and white, which while not being anything new under the sun, gives off a vibe of sophistication and formality – something I like when I occasionally work in a courthouse as an interpreter. (Stay tuned for the upcoming outfit post!)

What do you think of this eye-catching collar trend?

Collars during NYFW

XO, Janea


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18 responses to “Trend Alert: Eye-Catching Collars”

  1. Brenda Oliver says:

    I love the cat collar blouse!
    These styles are very sharp and feminine.

  2. Dominique says:

    There are so many amazing collars in this post! I love the cat one and the lace one, gorgeous! xx

  3. Ashley says:

    This trend is so fresh + fun!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  4. Mónica Sors says:

    Nice inspiration 😉
    Mónica Sors

  5. Jalisa says:

    I LOVE the statement collars you’ve featured here, especially the first one with the cat, how cute and different is that!? I also love that last green one with the white top, so cute! I think it’s awesome that you were able to attend NYFW and take some shots without having to be discrete, haha. These days, however, I think you can just approach people on the street, tell them you love their outfit and you wish to feature them on your blog, giving them a business card and I think they’d be up for it 😉 Anyway, thanks so much for sharing, beauty, and I hope you have a great weekend!



    • Janea says:

      I’m glad you liked those collars, Jalisa! Yes, many people are open to having their photos taken, and I will certainly ask, although I think that unposed shots are often more natural and even flattering. Have a great weekend, beautiful! XO

  6. Merima says:

    I am avoiding collars, but I would love to try styling some. Thank you for sharing.

  7. Gemma says:

    I like this trend a lot! Have a great week. Gemma x

  8. Gabrielle says:

    I’m certainly on board with bringing fun and unusual collars into the new season! I love the peter-pan versions you’ve featured in this style round-up post, as well as the dramatic lace Victorian collar 🙂

  9. Love these collars! I’m all over this trend. Great post

  10. wow I really love these outfits!!
    Mónica Sors


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